Senator Jeff Sessions Unfit to Be US Attorney General

One of the most controversial nominations made my President-elect Donald Trump is the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States.

Senator Jeff Sessions Unfit to Be US Attorney General

One of the most controversial nominations made by President-elect Donald Trump is his nomination of Jeff Sessions to be US Attorney General.  Senator Sessions has nothing in his record that shows him as having what it takes to be head of the Justice Department of the United States.  To the contrary, there are a number of reasons why Jeff Sessions has shown himself to be unfit to be head of the Department of Justice.

The US Attorney General is supposed to be unbiased and able to make their decisions about a variety of matters including enforcing civil rights laws.  Senator Sessions has consistently been opposed to voting rights laws.  Last year, he voted to gut sections of the Civil Rights Law of 1965 that dealt primarily with voting rights.

If he were to become US Attorney General, could he be counted on to enforce laws dealing with voting discrimination?  I sincerely doubt it!  His voting record shows him to be consistently against voting rights for people of color.

Another controversial position taken by Senator Sessions are allegations that he has used racial slurs in the past, and some people consider him to be a racist.  His alleged support of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists has caused him to be imposed by the NAACP.  They recently staged a sit-in at his office in protest, where several of them were arrested.  Jeff Sessions Is also opposed by the U.S. Senate Black Caucus.  Since many of the cases handled by the US Attorney General are cases of racial discrimination, Jeff Sessions cannot be trusted to be unbiased, as he is supposed to be.

He has also classified the NAACP as being “un-American” and “communist-inspired.”  Can someone with this type of antiquated mentality which smacks of McCarthyism really be trusted to cancel make sure that every American citizen is granted the justice they deserve?

 

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The Dakota Access Pipeline: Trump’s First Conflict of Interest?

Trump’s financial disclosure forms show he invested in Energy Transfer Partners, operators of the controversial pipeline, and its CEO donated to his campaign

Source: Dakota Access pipeline company and Donald Trump have close financial ties | US news | The Guardian

 

The Dakota Access Pipeline: Trump’s First Conflict of Interest?

The Dakota Access Pipeline is still endangering the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux, despite that the Obama administration has stopped it.  Conflict of interest should prevent Donald Trump, as president, from being involved in the ongoing dispute.  In this situation, he shows a great conflict of interest because he has a financial interest in this entire matter.

It could be the new president’s first conflict of interest because Donald Trump owns stock in Energy Transfer Partners, the builders of the pipeline. He and has received campaign contributions from that company’s CEO, Kelcy Warren.  The conflict of interest runs two ways.

Donald Trump’s financial disclosure statements show that he has invested between $500,000-$1 million in ETP stock.  In addition to this Investment in ETP, Trump’s financial disclosure statement indicates that he has also spent between $500,000-$1 million in Phillips 66.  That company has a 25% interest in ETP and stands to make a larger return on their investment if ETP is allowed to build the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Kelcy Warren, CEO of ETP has also invested a considerable amount of money to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.  On June 29, Warren made a $3000 campaign contribution to Trump, even though the legal limit for individual campaign contributions is $2700.  No one seems to know whether Donald Trump returned $3000 to Warren as required by law.  This irregularity in itself could be a scandal for the incoming president.

Also, Warren also made a $100,000 donation to the Trump Victory Fund, the Republican National Committee (RNC), and eleven state Republican parties. The day before that ETP made two donations to the RNC totaling $66,800. The reason why they chose to split the gifts into two parts is unknown, but it looks suspicious.

The big question is, how can Donald Trump ethically make any decision about the Dakota Access Pipeline? The answer is, he can’t! This conflict of interest by Donald Trump is so blatant it’s unbelievable.

If Donald Trump cares anything about ethics, which he probably doesn’t, he will step back away from this entire situation. To avoid this glaring conflict of interest, he has little choice other than to support the stance of the outgoing president, Barack Obama.

That decision, as we know, is to force ETP to take a different route for the Dakota Access Pipeline; something that they are trying very hard not to do.

 

Dakota Access Pipeline Facts

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is the safest and most environmentally sensitive way to transport crude oil from domestic wells to American consumers.
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The Hype For Natural Gas

At time when there is huge controversy over fracking for natural gas, I have noticed a disturbing trend in advertising where they are trying to sell us on the use of natural gas.

The Hype For Natural Gas

At a time when there is a huge controversy over fracking for natural gas, I have noticed a disturbing trend in advertising where they are to sell us on the use of natural gas.   In this publicity,  they are even stooping so low as to say that fracking is safe technology.  There is absolutely no truth in this advertising.  It badly misleads the public into thinking that using natural gas will save our environment and protect us from global warming; something that it certainly will not do.

For anyone who has paid the least bit of attention to widely publicized scientific findings and paid attention to environmentalists,  they should know that fracking is hardly safe.   In fact,  fracking for natural gas has been proven to be one of the most dangerous and polluting techniques ever devised.  It has only come under heavy public scrutiny within the last several years.

In my opinion, President Obama should have advocated more strongly for the use of the wind and solar power.  To his credit, he has supported the utilization of these things but just not strongly enough.  By now, the “green technology” industry, which holds enormous potential for economic development, should have progressed much farther than it has.  President Obama should have been more proactive in putting green technology into practice.  If he had, there would be no dispute about its value.

The president has also been one of the strongest advocates for reducing greenhouse gasses, which cause global warming. If he is sincere about his desire to reduce greenhouse gasses, he certainly should not have advocated for increased use of natural gas, if no other reason than it uses fracking.

Even though natural gas is the least polluting of the fossil fuels, using it doesn’t come without a price. When natural gas burns, it releases carbon dioxide, another harmful greenhouse gas. Since CO2 emissions have increased over the last several years, the last thing we need is, even more, use of natural gas

Even though it sounds like I’m putting down President Obama, in truth, I applaud his efforts at giving us a cleaner environment. I hope the Democratic Party continues his against greenhouse gasses after he leaves office later this month.  We all know that his successor, Donald Trump certainly won’t.  Trump has shown himself to be not lonely at and for fossil fuels, but a “climate change denier,” just like most other members of the GOP.

 

In my opinion, President Obama should have been stronger in encouraging the use of solar and wind power.  Donald Trump thinks windmills and other such “green technology” is ridiculous and unworthy of consideration.  No environmental good will come from the Trump presidency.  The only interest he shows in the environment is exploitation of it.

 

More Dangers of Fracking: Two More Carcinogens

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Internet Trolls: Bringing Dissension and Racism to Cyberspace

According to the Urban Dictionary, the definition of Internet trolling is, “the act of making a response for no other reason than to gain attention.

“The act of making a response for no other reason than to gain attention. It is commonly displayed by insecure, or narcissistic people. Even if the remark is rude, or starts an argument, the person trolling gains the social interaction that they wanted.”

Internet Trolls: Bringing Dissension and Racism to Cyberspace

According to the Urban Dictionary, the definition of Internet trolling is, “The act of making a response for no other reason than to gain attention. It is commonly displayed by insecure, or narcissistic people. Even if the remark is rude, or starts an argument, the person trolling gains the social interaction that they wanted.”

My personal definition of Internet trolling is, cruising various websites and causing as much dissension, racism, and being as much of a racist bastard as possible.  I say this because this is the primary type of Internet trolling that I meet 5while surfing the Web.  Some of these Internet trolls be described as nothing less than toxic in the “commentary.”

I would have to say that the worst Internet trolls are the right-wing trolls.  Some of these people are disgusting, not only in their viewpoint but the way they deliver it.  Over the past few years, I have seen some of the ugliest rhetoric that I have ever seen.  Much of it, especially from the ultra-right, is downright hateful and racist, primarily being directed President Barack Obama, the first African-American president in American history.

In this ultra-right wing commentary, I have seen the “N-word” used more often than I have in my entire life.  If one didn’t know better, you would think that the KKK had taken over the Internet.  This type of ugly racist rhetoric accomplishes absolutely nothing other than to make people very uncomfortable, to the point that many rational people who wish to engage in some discussion would rather leave than to deal with this inexcusable behavior.  And these only leaves open the various comment sections of most websites open for these right-wing racists to dominate the entire space.

internet trollingPersonally, my way of dealing with these right-wing trolls is to try arguing with them and trying to make some sensible points; something which becomes almost impossible, most of the time.  I should know better than to try arguing with them because by doing so, I violate an unwritten rule about dealing with Internet trolls.  This unwritten rule is, “don’t feed the trolls.”

Even though I know this rule is probably the best solution about how to deal with these trolls, I still can’t seem to help myself from responding because what these trolls are saying is so disgusting and goes against everything I believe in.

 

What Is a Troll and Internet Trolling?

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Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Interrupt Vikings Game

Click cancel Three people who were arrested after Dakota Access pipeline protesters rappelled from the roof of the Minnesota Vikings ‘ stadium to unfurl a banner were released from jail Monday with four charges pending.

Source: 3 released in Dakota Access pipeline protest during Bears game

Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters as a kid doesn’t  Interrupt Vikings Game

Police arrested three protesters after they repelled into Vikings stadium to unfurl a banner calling for US Bank to divest financial interests in the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The protesters, two men, and one woman were charged with trespassing and may be even accused of burglary, although I think the latter charge is utterly ludicrous.  However, if the cops want to be pains in the ass, as they are sometimes prone to do, they may choose to make an “example” out of these three.

The reason this football game was targeted by protesters is because the stadium is named U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings were clipped sentences image playing their last game of the season.  Apparently, U.S. Bank is a financial entity that has money invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline or Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the builders of this controversial pipeline.

This game was the last game for the Minnesota Vikings, as they played the Chicago Bears.  This fact is meaningless because it is relevant to the question at hand, the Dakota Access Pipeline.  However, as one can probably imagine, the football fans were not very pleased.  To this, I say too damn bad!  Life doesn’t revolve around football or any other sport.
This protest is the type proactive, in-your-face, protest that I like, because for the majority of people just don’t get the point, there is always a small minority that steps back and gives the matter some thought.  Even though some people get pissed-off at this type of protest, especially when their entertainment is interrupted, more people understand how significant a demonstration of this kind can be and are interested in the overall message.  I hope this protest points out and causes people to question the necessity, or lack thereof, of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

This controversial pipeline threatens the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in North Dakota.  It is also another potential environmental disaster waiting to happen.

 

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Dakota Access Pipeline: A Blatant Abuse Of Force

Dakota Access Pipeline: A Blatant Abuse Of Force The Dakota Access Pipeline is the most blatant abuse of force since the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri.  It is probably the most blatant misuse of force used against Native Americans since the siege of Wounded Knee in the 70s. This demonstration resembles the protests …

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump Will Be A Disaster For the Environment

When it comes to the environment, or a policy designed to protect it, Donald Trump will be a disaster.

Donald Trump Will Be A Disaster For the Environment

Global warmingWhen it comes to the environment, or a policy designed to protect it, Donald Trump will be a disaster.  Donald Trump’s view on environmental issues is what one might expect from a typical businessman; if it stands in the way of profit, he is against any environmental policy.  Donald Trump, like most conservative people in business, is against any regulations.  They consider regulations to be cumbersome and expensive.  They refused to realize that rules are meant to protect people from harmful products and practices. Their negligence over crucial issues like global warming is next to criminal.

We must always remember one thing, Donald Trump is a businessman first, POTUS second.  He will never allow anything to stand in the way of capitalism and making a profit.

A good example would be Donald Trump on the subject of climate change and global warming.  He believes that global warming/climate change is nonsense.  Donald Trump is a climate change denier of the first order.  He has even gone so far as to make the ludicrous claim that global warming is a Chinese hoax.

I find this claim to be ridiculous to the point of being obscene because when someone perpetrates a hoax, they usually do so for some reason.  What possible reason would that Chinese have for inventing a hoax like global warming?  Given that their environment has suffered extensive damage over the years, especially when it comes to air pollution, they have every reason to believe in global warming, not that it’s a hoax or some falsehood, like Donald Trump.

If one follows the news, especially about China, they will know that China has the worst air pollution in the world.  There are times when the air is so bad in Beijing; that is next to impossible to see more than 100 yards.  What possible motive could people who suffer from such horrible environmental issues have caused to create a global warming/climate change hoax?  This position just another place where Donald Trump makes absolutely no sense.

The last thing this country needs is a president who refuses to believe in such a critical issue as climate change.  Donald Trump’s environmental policy, or lack thereof, could kill many Americans for the damage our health, at the least.

 

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Could the Dakota Access Pipeline Still Happen Under Trump?

President Barack Obama’s administration is expected to push through long-delayed safety measures for the nation’s sprawling network of oil pipelines in its final days, despite resistanc…

Source: Obama oil pipeline rules face uncertain future under Trump

 

Could The Dakota Access Pipeline Still Happen Under Trump?

During the last days of his presidency, President Barack Obama is trying valiantly to pass legislation that would increase oversight over this country’s system of oil pipelines. Included in these pieces of legislation is the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Recently, the president refused to grant an easement to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company that is trying to build the pipeline.  President Obama, in one of the best decisions made during his presidency, killed the potentially hazardous Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year.

As you probably know, opponents of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline one day major victory when the federal government denied the necessary easement for Energy Transport Partners (ETP) to continue building the pipeline. For now, ETP is stuck in the mud, unless incoming President Trump decides to pull them out, even if by trickery, deception, or just plain lawbreaking.

With a new administration coming into power, I hope people aren’t celebrating victory over the Dakota Access Pipeline too early so that they let their guard down. I don’t trust Donald Trump on anything, especially something done by President Obama. Trump has never shown himself to be a fan of government regulation, unless he benefits from it. He is your typical Republican businessman.

Even though federal oversight and regulation over this nation’s ever-increasing system of oil pipelines should have been years ago, I applaud President Obama’s efforts to protect our environment. There have been an increased number of accidental spills on these pipelines for the past several years, so increase regulation is necessary. The big question is, will Donald Trump derail this regulation and oversight?

 

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One of the Few Times I Will Agree with The History Channel

Source: History Channel makes a bold statement—totally factual—and Trump supporters are losing their minds

One of the Few Times I Will Agree With the History Channel

I usually don’t agree with the History Channel, especially when they express a political position.  Most of the time, they seem to express a political viewpoint I find to be the same old propaganda that we were spoon-fed as schoolchildren, where the United States is always portrayed as the “good guys” and a bastion of democracy.  The History Channel also expresses a Eurocentric viewpoint that I find almost offensive.

These days, I usually change the channel when  The History Channel “conveniently” starts forgetting that nearly half of our Founding Fathers were slave-owners or that most of them were the wealthy élite of that time.  They were part of the 1% of the 18th-century.  When I am feeling very cynical, I wonder if these men drafted the U.S. Constitution to protect their own self-interest and wealth or because they actually cared about creating something special that had never been done before.

This picture posted on Facebook by The History Channel says it all.  The 2016 presidential election was tampered with by a foreign power.  Even though Donald Trump, the beneficiary of this election tampering by the Russians, chooses to live in a state of denial about the situation, I believe that our country is going to be subjected to least four years of mismanagement and abuse.  Both the FBI and CIA agree that the election was tampered with by computer hacking.  Rarely do these two agencies agree on anything; a fact that tells me there is probably something real behind these claims of Russian hacking to tamper with the election.

The irony is that it is happening because of Russia; a country that was once an example of a twisted system of communism gone awry.

 

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Does Donald Trump Have A Mental Illness?

We know that D.Trump seems unbalanced. Tons of professionals have said so. Now, a group of psychiatrists demands a full evaluation of Trump before 1/20.

Source: Psychiatrists Demand Complete Evaluation Of Trump Before Its Too Late (VIDEO)

Does Donald Trump Have A Mental Illness?

This video asks a question that many people have had for a while, “does Donald Trump have some mental illness?”  All kidding aside, I wonder whether Donald Trump is mentally ill or deranged.  According to the psychiatrist in his video, Donald Trump should be evaluated for some mental illness.

According to this group of therapists, Donald Trump shows all the classic signs of having a condition called, “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” or simply NPD.  If you read the article that accompanies this video, the similarities of Donald Trump’s behavior and someone who has is with NPD are strikingly similar, if not identical.

People with NPD would react to many situations just like Donald Trump already has.  A person with NPD is the kind of guy that would use something like Twitter to respond to anyone who dares criticize them, or make fun of them.  An example would be Donald Trump’s outrage at actor Alec Baldwin‘s satirical portrayal of the President-elect on Saturday Night Live.  Donald Trump gets angry every time Alex Baldwin impersonates him.  Trump’s reaction is probably a guarantee that we will see Mr. Baldwin’s impersonations of the President-elect many times in the future.  Why let a good gag go to waste?

Just look at the behavior Donald Trump has exhibited throughout his entire presidential campaign.  Every time anyone dares criticize him or one of his ideas, he reacts angrily and takes it personally.  This seems to be a classic symptom shown by a person with NPD.

This small group of psychiatrists suggests that every presidential candidate is required to undergo some psychological screening.  I agree with this suggestion.  Even though I don’t believe in any discrimination, I still don’t think that someone who has a mental illness should be allowed to serve as POTUS.  I just don’t think is a good idea. If we require that a police officer undergoes psychological screening, why not someone who has access to the nuclear codes that could destroy the entire planet?

 

What Is Mental Illness?

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